Time’s running out, but you can still take action to protect immigration detainees from sexual abuse. Right now, submit public comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging it to adopt strong standards to end this violence.
Every year, more than 500,000 people pass through DHS facilities -- people like Esmeralda. A transgender woman, Esmeralda sought asylum in the U.S. in 2002 after years of abuse and harassment in Mexico.
A year later she was arrested in California and sent to an immigration detention facility. After just three days in DHS custody, Esmeralda was sexually assaulted by a staff member.
Today Esmeralda works to stop sexual violence in all detention settings as a member of JDI’s Survivor Council. Testifying before the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, Esmeralda said, “All sexual assaults should be treated equally, and I think we can all agree that no exception should be made if the victim happens to be detained in an immigration facility.”
Together, we can help achieve Esmeralda’s goal of ending the sexual abuse of all detainees, in every type of facility.